Antenna Test Range Technician / Engineer – Jacksonville, FL

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Title: Antenna Test Range Technician / Engineer

Position ID: 3232

Location: Jacksonville, FL USA

Salary: $USD65000.00 – USD90000.00

Clearance: US Citizen

We are hiring an Antenna Test Technician / Engineer who will be responsible for the operation, maintenance, data collection and storage, thus overall ownership of our NSI-Mi near-field Antenna Test Ranges (Anechoic chambers). You will work with the various RF teams in the company to support testing, functionality, and troubleshooting of antennas and RF subassemblies. It is the responsibility and duty of the Antenna Technician to keep the test department range control environment clean and organized to improve workflow, and to keep the two anechoic chambers in show condition for customer and visitor inspection.

You will be expected to determine the best test methodology for the antenna under test, then processing and reducing the measurement data and compiling it into various forms of images and patterns. That data is then used to validate and compare the antennas performance against specifications and/or electrical simulations. Upkeep of the ranges and regular calibration are essential to the role, as well as test fixturing and implementation.

Experience & Education

2 years minimum of Antenna/RF test range experience with a BSEE and specific NSI near-field range experience.
or, minimum of 4 years of RF test range experience with an Associate degree.
or, minimum of 6 years of RF pattern test experience on indoor anechoic chamber experience.

Crucial Duties:

  • Compare and validate antenna performance to electrical simulations and against specifications detailed by engineering team and/or industry standards.
  • Provide radiation pattern measurements on a variety of antennas using near-field spherical and planar NSI equipped ranges.
  • Calibrate and verify range measurements regularly.
  • Work directly with RF Test Director, Engineering team and Business Development to prioritize range availability and scheduling.
  • Process and reduce measurement data for technical diagnostics, design feedback, and compliance submission.
  • Track and Organize range measurements and tested antenna specifics in precise and easily identifiable Scan Logs.
  • Organize data within SolidWorks PDM to facilitate quick understanding and recognition based on project code and part number.
  • Provide complete and professional test reports when applicable.
  • Bench s-parameter testing on a variety of antennas and subassemblies using various Network Analyzers.
  • Provide technical troubleshooting on passive antennas and feed components.
  • Work directly with the Electrical Engineering team to assess antenna/subassembly performance and provide feedback for possible improvements.
  • Assemble prototype antennas and feed components as needed.
  • Work directly with Mechanical Engineering team to assess antenna mounting options, test fixture design and test fixturing improvements.
  • Work directly with production managers to assist in testing and troubleshooting of production antennas and subassemblies.
  • Work directly with NPI to validate and assess first piece and problematic assemblies.
  • Maintain Test Department range control environment to improve workflow and general cleanliness.
  • Help to facilitate range upgrades and repairs.
  • Maintain hardware and tools critical to daily operations.
  • Must have the ability to climb ladders and range equipment to a height of about 10 feet.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs. on a regular basis.

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for all anechoic chamber testing functions, technical issues and general operation.
  • Participate in technical research to keep up to date on requirements and procedures typical of industry near-field testing.
  • Assist with and help develop our Best Practices as they relate to the test department in general and the Near-field Anechoic Chambers in particular.

Test Equipment Skills:

  • High level of competency in the use of Keysight Network Analyzers.
  • NSI near-field planar and spherical scanners

Computer Skills: Windows-based computer programs including MS Word and Excel.

ABOUT US:

We develop and manufacture custom antennas for land, maritime and aerospace applications operating within the Microwave Frequency Spectrum including UHF, L, S, C, X, Ku and Ka-bands. We produce thousands of wide-band, polarization diverse Ka band antennas each year that are type approved to operate on the Inmarsat and WGS satellite networks. We also produce a wide variety of passive and active L-band antennas, including omni’s, volutes, arrays and adaptive beamforming arrays for tracking. We hold certifications for AS 9100 and ISO 9001 and adheres to these standards both culturally and in practice. We also manufacture all the antenna components in its own production shop using precision CNC machines. In addition, it measures all its antennas for certification submissions and electrical compliance in its on-site spherical and planar near-field anechoic chambers. Our core competencies are designing and manufacturing passive and active antennas for satellite communications and many other applications.

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